A Charming Antique 19th Century Folk Art Carved Cannel Coal Boot Ornament
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A Charming Antique 19th Century Carved Cannel Coal Boot Ornament With Naively Engraved Details.
Cannel coal has been used as jewellery since the neolithic period, often alongside jet, dating from the centuries before 3500BC.
Cannel coal was more compact and duller than ordinary coal, and could be worked in the lathe and polished. In the Durham coalfield and throughout many other mining communities, carving cannel coal into ornaments was a popular pastime amongst the miners. This example may have been a gift or a form of love token.
Condition is good, commensurate with age. Structurally sound. Some minor chips to the top rim. Please see photos.
Measures 9.5cm x 7.6cm
Weighs 123.04 grams